Photos I did NOT use with ‘Palin and sexual attraction’ column


eing a responsible editor and all, I resisted the temptation to choose any of these pictures when I was looking for art to go with Kathleen Parker’s column on the theory that McCain picked Palin because… well, because guys can’t think straight in the presence of a good-looking woman.

An excerpt from the column in question:

As my husband observed early on,
McCain the mortal couldn’t mind having an attractive woman all but singing arias to his greatness. Cameras frequently capture McCain beaming like a gold-starred schoolboy while Palinsex2Palin tells crowds that he is “exactly the kind of man I want as commander in chief.” This, notes Draper, “seemed to confer not only valor but virility on a 72-year-old politician who only weeks ago barely registered with the party faithful.”

It is entirely possible that no one could have beaten the political force known as Barack Obama — under any circumstances. And though it isn’t over yet, it seems clear that McCain made a tragic, if familiar, error under that sycamore tree. Will he join the pantheon of men who, intoxicated by a woman’s power, made the wrong call?

Had Antony not fallen for Cleopatra, Octavian might not have captured the Roman Empire. Had Bill resisted Monica, Al Gore may have become president and Hillary might be today’s Democratic nominee.

Palinsex3But they didn’t — resist those women, that is. Guys seldom do. Certain things make us stupid, and
Kathleen maintains this was one of those things.

Hey, but at least I resisted using these pictures, right? That shows that there’s still such a thing as decorum in a family newspaper.

Of course, I did save them, to share with y’all. Don’t tell the ladies, though, guys…


19 thoughts on “Photos I did NOT use with ‘Palin and sexual attraction’ column

  1. Brad Warthen

    No, wait! — sometimes ladies look at my blog! DOH! How could I have forgotten that? It’s almost as if my brain quit working for a few minutes there…

  2. James D McCallister

    From “This Is Spinal Tap” (paraphrasing):
    Label rep: They say the cover is sexist.
    Nigel Tufnel: What’s wrong with being sexy?
    Moral: Not so fine a line between innocuous humor and being offensive. FWIW.

  3. p.m.

    OK, Brad, I’m going to say this one time, so please listen.
    Such endorsement packages as you constructed for McCain he really doesn’t need.
    The endorsement itself was mealy-mouthed and scrawny, spun with a “But can’t you see Obama is the second coming” column from Warren Bolton, your column crumbling what few teeth the endorsement of McCain had, and, finally, the most thoughtful piece of the bunch, Kathleen Parker’s “McCain picking Palin was a one-night stand kind of thing.”
    Sorry, but your endorsement package for McCain effectively endorsed Obama.
    Sometimes, falling all over yourself trying to be politically correct backfires.

  4. Norm Ivey

    I first suggested McCain’s subconscious motivation in a comment on this post from August 30th.
    You can’t…concentrate because of your…wife! Simple as that, alright? It’s your…wife!
    She’s not my wife.
    Well, whatever….she is, you can’t concentrate!
    (Nigel & St. Hubbins)

  5. Lee Muller

    Democrats plan to kill 401-k plans
    by Lee Muller
    Barack Obama and other radicals in the Democratic Party are calling tax-free contributions to 401-k plans a “loophole” and readying legislation to end all employer contributions and pre-tax contributions.
    “We’ve invested $80 billion into subsidizing this activity,” he said, referring to tax breaks allowed for 401(k) contributions and savings”, said Rep. George Miller, D-Calif, chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor.
    Rep. Jim McDermott, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, recently invited Teresa Ghilarducci, a professor at the New School of Social Research, to testify before a subcommittee on her idea to eliminate the preferential tax treatment of the popular retirement plans. In place of 401(k) plans, she would have workers transfer their savings into government-created “guaranteed retirement accounts” for every worker.
    The government would deposit $600 (inflation indexed) every year into the GRAs. Each worker would also have to save 5 percent of pay into the accounts, to which the government would pay a measly 3 percent return.
    Did you get that? Workers who saved would be forced to sell out of stocks at the bottom of the market, and deposit the cash into a government savings account.
    A 3% return on $10,000 yields $22,000 in 40 years.
    A 7% return from the stock market average yields $150,000 in 40 years.
    The amount of wealth which would be destroyed on the front end would be devastating to economic growth, and leave millions of hard-working Americans dependent on government retirement plan promises.
    The majority of Obama supporters have no savings, and no retirement plans. They welcome taking money from “the rich”. This scheme has appeal to the reparations crowd as more get-back on “rich white folks”.
    There are lots of stories in the investment press, but none in the mainstream media.
    Investment News
    US News & World

  6. Richard L. Wolfe

    But, the ” Obama girl ” wasn’t sexist. She is all over the internet because of her cerebral expertise. LOL This is what happens when campaigns market and sell fluff over substance. It is a sign of our sign of our times. Maybe we should forget Obama and McCain because she is HOT. LOL Perhaps God will help us because the media can’t.

  7. Capital A

    I don’t find her hot at all. I don’t know who bodysnatched the McCain I favored in ’00, but he exists no longer.
    In his less formal moments, McCain seems infected by the mindless, cloying, rah-rah soccer-mominess that represents Palin’s mode of communication. He is a caricature of what he once was, and if he is aware of that fact and still presists, that is depressing on a myriad of levels.
    I, for one, am tired of the anti-intellectual trend in America that has spawned such recent fads as Larry the Cable Turd, hip-hop of late ’90’s and ’00’s, and paying $600 for Hannah Montana tickets. Palin and your seemingly neverending devotion to reporting on all aspects of her other than her qualifications, statements and opinions are not helping us to stay focused on the farce at hand.
    You gotta fight the powers that be!

  8. Lee Muller

    All these Obama cult followers, who defend his socialism, claim to have been big supporters of John McCain back in 2000.
    What a pack of lies.
    What ended it for you? McCain wanting to go stomp the Islamofascists cousins of Bill Ayers and Barack Obama after 9/11?

  9. Lee Muller

    Madonna bashing Sarah Palin and shrieking “I will kick her ass:”
    Sarah Palin hung in effigy.
    Secret Service investigating.,0,1328064.story
    Shouts of “Stone her!” from Obama supporters:
    It was also reported by Helen McCaffery, who was present at the Obama rally, and wrote about it in the the Philadelphia Inquirer.
    Excert from her article:
    Instead of engaging Palin on the issues, critics attacked attributes that are specifically female. It is Hillary’s pantsuit drama to the power of 10. Palin’s hair, her voice, her motherhood, and her personal hygiene were substituted for substance. That’s when it was nice.
    The hatred escalated to performers advocating Palin be “gang raped,” to suggestions that her husband had had sex with their young daughters, and reports that her Down syndrome child really was that of her teenage daughter. One columnist even called for her to submit to DNA testing to prove her virtue. Smells a little like Salem to me. I was present at an Obama rally at which the mention of Palin’s name drew shouts of “stone her.”
    —- a whole gallery of Democrat goons who have attacked GOP headquarters and worse —

  10. Capital A

    I was present at an Obama rally at which the mention of Palin’s name drew shouts of “stone her.”
    —- a whole gallery of Democrat goons who have attacked GOP headquarters and worse —
    Posted by: Lee Muller | Oct 28, 2008 7:22:01 PM
    Lee, I call bs on that one. There is no way on God’s green Earth you attended an Obama rally, especially since you, of all people, personify the incurious nature of a person like Palin. To quote that great Western film Shane, “you’re a lowdown, dirty liar!”.
    C’mon, Lee, you’re better than that, aren’t you? If you did attend, maybe the crowd was looking at you and yelling “Stoner!” because you have to be high if you think we’re believing you would be within 1000 feet of an Obama rally.

  11. Capital A

    Oops, I got ahead of myself. You were quoting someone else. Apologies for calling you a liar.
    I’m actually relieved, though, that you didn’t stoop that low. Once again, I am in error this time and apologize sincerely to Lee.

  12. Lee Muller

    I was present at an Obama rally at which the mention of Palin’s name drew shouts of “stone her.”
    – Helen McCaffery, writing in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
    Capital A, your lack of reading comprehension seems to be common among socialists. Maybe you are just unable to digest factual information.

  13. Lee Muller

    Thanks for backing up and reading the quotes again.
    Now, what do you think of all the anger and hate surrounding Obama?

  14. Capital A

    Lee, I had posted the apology before you posted your angry diatribe. Are you in error of jumping the gun, as well? Regardless, that does not excuse my prior error.
    Lee, the only anger and hate surrounding Obama has been presented by people like you. Your comments have become increasingly divisive and racist (see: “…can’t please people” blog entry). There is no call or room for such comments in this election.
    The world will not crack in half if Obama is elected. If we weathered the Bushbaby years, we Americans can withstand pretty nearly anything…especially if Obama makes good on half the promise he shows as a leader.
    Your petty Lee Atwater-y tactics are as cheap, lame, shortsighted, childish, boorish, disappointing, cartoonish, and foolish as they ever were. This time, however, those actions are failing nationally and locally. The extreme right of the Republican party is eating itself alive, and I say good riddance to that fringe.
    Obama will carry this state, and I expect to be proud of my home state in a national election for the first time in my lifetime. (If those words mirror Michelle Obama’s comment that is commonly taken out of context, then it is intentional. I understood what the woman meant, and if others would take off the jingoistic-colored glasses, their vision would clear, as well.)
    Look at it this way, Lee: when that happens, you can close the door to the bomb shelter early on November 4. Maybe it will seal shut behind you and remain so for the next four years…to much applause you will never hear.

  15. Lee Muller

    Do you think the riots threatened by the Obama mobs will be that bad?
    Maybe Obama can nationalize the liquor stores, and hand out free drinks.

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